Biodiversity Experiments



Course Dates

Students admitted / Credit Points

The course is fully booked!

Symbiosis, Interim II at iDiv Leipzig; field trip to Jena Experiment on 14 September

September 12-15, 2016

12 students /

2 ECTS credits


This course will give you an overview of the past and running biodiversity experiments, as well as their main objectives. You will learn to develop and design your own biodiversity experiment, and present research ideas in a clear and concise way.

The course will include:

  • An introduction to the history of biodiversity experiments and their design
  • Learning how to design experiments
  • Presentation techniques
  • Pros and cons of different experimental approaches with subsequent discussion
  • Developing your own „next generation“ biodiversity experiment in groups and having a presentation on the design of the experiment and main research questions
  • Field trip visit to biodiversity experiment sites

This is an intensive 4-day course consisting of lectures, student seminar, field trip and practical hands-on course work. An additional 30 hours of self-study is required for successful completion of this course.


Lecturer in charge
Prof. Nico Eisenhauer


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